It’s in my Nature

I have a substantial manuscript review on my plate. Next to the nutrition coaching session. Two recently-published children's books take up the other side of the plate, alongside the next in the Anna series — getting prepped for publishing. I am looking for affiliates for the chakra school and writing course material to facilitate a … Continue reading It’s in my Nature

The Weight of the Working Woman

I met a client the other night for a coaching session. You could say she is re-careering. She spoke about the struggle she faced the past 4 years in her recent position. How, as a business leader, she felt criticized. Judged. Under attack. Daily. And she talked about the weight she gained over those 4 … Continue reading The Weight of the Working Woman

I feel sorry for kids who grew up with only 13 channels

I feel sorry for kids who grew up with only 13 television channels. But not for the reason you might think. Not because today we have unlimited entertainment at our fingertips. Not because we can watch an entire series in a day. Because I grew up with three channels. Well, until Dad bought that giant … Continue reading I feel sorry for kids who grew up with only 13 channels

Child’s pose

There's a hum in my head compelling surging me forward zzzt   zzzt   zzzt like the neon sign of an all-night diner. It's become my rhythm fraying my nerves false beat. This is not rhythm. This is noise.   Feeling for my rhythm beyond the hum perhaps beneath it. It has to be there flow not … Continue reading Child’s pose

Tree-planting Challenge

When I published my first Anna book last year, I committed to having a tree planted for every print copy sold — to offset all of the trees that have filled our homes, schools and libraries with beloved books over the last century. My mission: to plant a million trees in my lifetime. After spending … Continue reading Tree-planting Challenge

What you don’t need

I'm knee-deep in the process of manuscript revision. At first, it seemed impossible to remove 30,000 words from my 120,000-word story. 30,000 words. That's a small book. But I did it. And there's a tipping point. Just like cleaning your closet. The mountain looms large and you trudge hard. But at some point, you reach … Continue reading What you don’t need

Clean up your mess

It's funny how life and writing intersect. I'm in the process of trimming the 110,000 word yoga memoir manuscript down to 80,000 words. It's hard at first... cutting down your writing. It seems like such a monster. Where to start? So you do a few words here and there. Then you leave it. Then a … Continue reading Clean up your mess

Anna and the Food Forest

Our champion of nature is back! This time she's on a mission to level the playing field ... literally ... and turn it into a food forest. In this third book in the series, Anna takes on the issue of food security after a visit to a sister school opens her eyes to the inequalities … Continue reading Anna and the Food Forest

The Wisdom of Spring

"It's funny to have the sun shining and the snow falling." My words to my husband on a recent family trip to Radium, BC. It's not unheard of. In fact, it's a regular Canadian spring. It's still funny. Not funny haha. Funny interesting. Curious. Fascinating. While away, I plunged into Dr. John Sarno's book, Healing Back … Continue reading The Wisdom of Spring

The greatest teacher

I can't say this enough: Nature is the greatest teacher. We forget. We work to harness her, manage her, use her. When we release our fear of her and our need to control her, she will restore our senses. Nature heals the body and boosts the spirit. If you commit to one small act for … Continue reading The greatest teacher